Former RJD MP R K Rana and BJP MLA Dhruv Bhagat were sentenced to five years imprisonment by a special CBI court in Ranchi on Monday,bringing to an end the 42nd of the 53 fodder scam cases. Rana and Bhagat were also fined Rs 2 lakh each.
The case,registered in 1996,pertains to the withdrawal of Rs 37 lakh from Godda district treasury between November 1995 and January 1996. The prosecution argued the money,intended for farm equipment,was withdrawn even as budget allocation remained only Rs 1 lakh. The maximum punishment was for two officials of the Animal Husbandry department of undivided Bihar Om Prakash Diwakar and Ajit Kumar Sinha who were sent to jail for six years. A total of 10 accused were sentenced by the court. The court acquitted two accused due to lack of evidence. Bhagat was the chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee. Diwakar was a regional director. Sinha was a mobile veterinary officer. Six of the accused were officials in the Treasury department.
Rana is out on bail after being sentenced to five years imprisonment in August 2009 in another case related to fodder scam. Several top bureaucrats and politicians are accused in the scam.
Jharkhands Civil Aviation Secretary Sajal Chakrabarty was in August 2012 acquitted in three cases,while former Bihar chief ministers Lalu Prasad Yadav and Jagannath Mishra remain accused in ongoing cases.